1579 LUPTON Thousand Notable Things VI § 99. They whose heaire of the eye browes doo touch or meete together, of all other are the woorst. They doo shewe that he or she is a wicked personne, and an intyser of seruauntes, and geuen to unlawfull and naughty artes: which Johannes Indagnies sayth, hee hath obserued in olde Women being Wytches, which were ledde to be burned, whose eye browes were such.
c.1598 SHAKESPEARE Much Adoe about Nothing II v. Infaith honest as the skin betweene his browes.
1825 JAMIESON Scottish Dict. Suppl. [Lothian/Yorks.] Lucken-brow'd. Having the eye-brows close on each other. It is reckoned a good omen, if one meet a person of this appearance as the first foot, or first in the morning.
1853 N & Q 1st ser. VII 152. It's a good thing to have meeting eyebrows. You'll never know trouble.
1857 KINGSLEY Two Years Ago IX. Tom … began scrutinizing Mrs Harvey's face. It had been handsome … but the eyebrows, crushed together downwards above her nose … indicated … a character self-conscious, furtive, capable of great inconsistencies, possibly of great deceits.
1873 Harland & Wilkinson Lancashire Legends 225. When the hair of the eyebrows meets over the bridge of the nose … the person … will certainly be hanged.
1878 N & Q 5th ser. X 288. A friend … heard quoted: ‘Trust not the man whose eyebrows meet, For in his heart you'll find deceit.’
1895 J. HARDY Denham Tracts 325 [Northumb.] Those who have the eyebrows met are witches and warlocks. Ibid. 340. On New Year's day … to meet as first-foot a person with the eyebrows met was considered a bad encounter.
1899 J. SHAW Schoolmaster 32 [Tynron, Dumfries.] The hair of the eyebrows meeting above the nose signifies unsteadiness and love of change.
1909 M. TREVELYAN Folk-Lore of Wales 209. Witches … their eyebrows meet over their noses.
1964 E. O'BRIEN Girls in their Married Bliss I [Eire] He was a big, rough fellow with oily hair and his eyebrows met. So I said to him, ‘Beware of the one whose eyebrows meet, because in his heart there lies deceit.’ And sweet Jesus, next time we met he'd had them plucked over his broken nose. He's so thick he didn't understand that the fact they met was the significant thing.
1985 Woman, 56 [South Shields, Co. Durham] I was told by my mother never to trust people whose eyebrows met, they were very bad-tempered, she said.